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Science Lesson From a Mayfly

Damselflies are dainty, they are wisest of the wise.
Dragonflies a bit dumpy, much bigger than you and I.
I am a three-tailed Mayfly, so I am an expert in flies.
You can call me a Stonefly, but only if your name is Sigh.

We fly in swarms, but you may not see us for a while
For we are less than a finger-tip length long, and we do not smile.
We have not mouths or tummies, for we do not survive too long.
The longest we could survive is a week, and that is way too long.

Our job is to mate and die, the happy motto of the Mayfly.
Mate in flight. Mate in sight. Mate and die. Mate and sigh.
That is the fate of the true Mayfly.  Some of us last merely minutes.
Then fall back into the water to feed the fish that are in it.

Mate and die. Mate and sigh.  This is the song of the happy Mayfly.
We cannot sing for we have no mouth, but we can hum if we try.
Mate and die, Mate and sigh. We mate so light, and we mate in flight.
Spy a delicate winged fly with three tails? She is a Mayfly all right.

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Date: 2/2/2019 5:30:00 PM
Great write Caren. What a great picture you have created with your words, well done my friend....peter
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/2/2019 10:29:00 PM
I have never seen one. Nina taught me about them.
Date: 2/2/2019 5:14:00 PM
Ooh, your inner "teacher" is showing...actually this is kind of cool.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/2/2019 10:29:00 PM
I do not know if I dare tell it to the children though - they would stop at the mating part and ask me everything.
Date: 2/2/2019 2:52:00 PM
an informative one with some cute rhyme. Hey, are you around? Soupmail for ya.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/2/2019 3:41:00 PM
I am now. I will go look.
Date: 2/2/2019 9:15:00 AM
What a vivid thought and how beautifully you have painted it .. Superb :)
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/2/2019 3:42:00 PM
Thank you so much
Date: 2/2/2019 9:07:00 AM
I'm glad you're not really a mayfly Caren, we want you around for a very long time! Lovely rhythm and rhyme - great read! Poetry hugs, Jennifer
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/2/2019 3:42:00 PM
Thank you Jennifer. I did not know what a mayfly was until a few days ago.
Date: 2/2/2019 6:43:00 AM
Your imagination is a gift. Loved your personification.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/2/2019 7:55:00 AM
Thank you Victor. Many school teachers have truly despised this gift. Smirk. Smirk.
Date: 2/2/2019 3:35:00 AM
I liked the internal rhymes... I wonder ehay fly I would be...I guess all of them have similar tendencies just like humans....
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/2/2019 6:40:00 AM
I think it is sad they have no stomachs or mouths. The internal rhymes were an accident. I was just singing along and I guess they happened. I am not that fancy usually, so thank you for pointing this out. I had missed it.
Date: 2/1/2019 10:40:00 PM
To cute! Loved it!
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 2/1/2019 10:59:00 PM
Thank you. Nina Parameter got me thinking "what in the sam hill are Mayflies" so I looked them up.